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“I Only Shop the Perimeter” – A Nutritional Humblebrag Myth, Debunked

Foodamentals By February 4, 2017 Tags: , , , No Comments

As a dietitian, I often find that others try to relate to me with their knowledge of the latest nutrition media stories and trends, which of course I love to discuss. However, I sometimes cringe at some of the blanket nutrition rules that are echoed to me from the media, such as “all carbs are bad” or “dairy will make you fat”. And one of the most persistent statements I hear is I only shop in the perimeter of the grocery store”.

Liar. (99.9% of the time)

Okay, wait…for real? If yes, then I have so many questions for you… read more

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Busting Up 5 Food Myths

Foodamentals, Keeping It Fresh By October 19, 2016 Tags: , , , No Comments

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Eating healthy can be challenging enough without having to weed through which diet advice is sound and what is a myth. We’ve done some myth busting for you!

Drinking more water can help you lose weight

Turns out there’s no evidence that water peels off pounds.  True, foods containing water – such as soup, can fill you up.  But just drinking water alone doesn’t have the same impact.  Our thirst mechanism and our hunger mechanism are two different things.  Best advice – drink water for health benefits and to make sure your body has the water it needs and not for weight loss! read more

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Give Your Baby a Healthy Start

Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By August 1, 2016 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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By Maryam Maheri

August is National Breastfeeding Month. The amount of information and advice you get when expecting your first baby can be totally overwhelming. There’s a lot to think about before the baby comes. A big decision new mom’s must make for their little one’s nutrition is breastfeeding vs. formula feeding. A number of health organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend breastfeeding as the best choice (if you are able to) for babies. read more

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What’s the Deal with D?

Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By July 27, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Vitamin D has been the superstar of the vitamin world for the past several years and for good reason, it’s pretty dang awesome! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and plays a big role in helping you have strong and healthy bones. This vitamin is special though. Your body, more specifically your skin, can produce vitamin D when you get some sunshine. Curious what else vitamin D is good for? Read on!

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Benefits of Vitamin D:

Osteoporosis_LocationsYou might know that calcium helps keep your bones healthy, but did you know that vitamin D is just as important? It increases calcium absorption in your bones by helping deliver calcium to the bones, helping the bones “remodel” and become stronger. This helps prevent osteoporosis, a condition common in populations over 40 that causes bones to become weak and brittle.  Brittle bones are easily broken, and many people show no symptoms until their first bone fracture, making this a dangerous condition. read more

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5 Reasons We Heart Eggs

Chew on This, Foodamentals By June 3, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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Eggs have been on a roller coaster of popularity over the past few decades. We love ’em, then we drop ‘e like it’s hot, and now we can’t get enough of them (again). Thanks to the relaxed guidance in the new Dietary Guidelines on cholesterol and recent studies, eggs are back in the game! Here are the five reasons we have always loved eggs.

  1. Super nutritious. Eggs are a great of protein. They are one of the few sources of complete protein, basically they have all the essential amino acids your body needs in all the right amounts. Plus one egg boasts 6 grams of protein for about 70 calories, a good low cal option! A large egg also provides about 10% of your daily needs for Vitamin D.
  2. Don’t fear the yolks! Pretty much all egg yolks have omega-3 fats (the kind of fat you want to eat). Some eggs will have a higher omega-3 content depending on the chicken’s diet so eggs can be a great way to boost the omega-3’s in your diet too. Although there’s saturated fat in the yolk as long as you aren’t eating a dozen in a day you’re probably fine.
  3. Can you say “choline?” You might not even know what the nutrient is, but it’s super important and grouped with the B vitamins. Choline plays a role in keeping our nervous system running at top speed and is important for keeping your cells healthy.
  4. Cheap eats. Eggs are an inexpensive protein choice that provide quality nutrition without breaking the bank. They go great on everything from pizzas to avocado toast to give you a healthy boost of protein.
  5. Easy on the eyes. Eggs are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin (try saying that 10 times fast!). Both of these nutrients are important for eye health and reduce your risk of macular degeneration.

Eggs go with just about everything from hardboiled as a snack to fried egg on pizza or pasta. This quality protein is a good choice to keep stocked in the fridge. Just be sure you play it safe and avoid raw eggs. Nothing worse than food poisoning! read more

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The New Food Label Is Here!

Foodamentals, Health Care Professionals By May 20, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

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The Food and Drug Administration released the guidelines for the new Nutrition Facts Panel today, or as it’s affectionately called by health professionals, the NFP. The Nutrition Facts Panel may be a few decades old but it hasn’t changed much since it was introduced in 1993. It has become an essential  tool for people to figure out how nutritional value of the food they eat. There are some pretty awesome changes you’ll start to see on food labels over the next few years. The new NFP will: read more

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Pale Is the New Kale

Foodamentals, Keeping It Fresh By September 9, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

 

This week Monica, our dietetic intern from San Francisco State University, explores the often forgotten group of vegetables and fruit that aren't part of the rainbow. Maybe the saying should be "eat the rainbow and the clouds!" 

 

Last time I checked, white isn’t in the rainbow, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the white-colored fruits and vegetables!

 According to the White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients, a scientific roundtable conducted at Purdue University, there is no specific subgroup for these fruits and veggies – they are lumped in a non-category called “other vegetables.” And who would want to eat those? read more

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